Swansea University

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MottoGweddw crefft heb ei dawn
(Technical skill is bereft without culture)
Home of the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law; partnership with Pfizer

Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe) is a public research university located in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. It was chartered as University College of Swansea in 1920,[1] as the fourth college of the University of Wales. In 1996, it changed its name to the University of Wales Swansea following structural changes within the University of Wales. The title of Swansea University was formally adopted on 1 September 2007 when the University of Wales became a non-membership confederal institution and the former members became universities in their own right.[2]

Swansea University has 8 colleges spread across its two campuses which are located on the coastline of Swansea Bay. The Singleton Park Campus is set in the grounds of Singleton Park to the west of Swansea city centre. The £450 million Bay Campus, which opened in September 2015, is located adjacent to Jersey Marine Beach to the east of Swansea city centre which is in the Neath Port Talbot Area.

It is the third largest university in Wales in terms of number of students. It currently offers about 330 undergraduate courses and 120 post-graduate courses to Template:HESA student population undergraduate and postgraduate students.[3]

In 2017, Hillary Rodham Clinton received an honorary doctorate at Swansea University and unveiled a commemorative stone to mark the renaming of the College of Law to the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law.[4][5]

Medical School

Swansea University Medical School is ranked as the third best medical school in the UK according to the Complete University Guide 2017. It also ranked joint first in the UK for Research Environment, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.[6]

Established in 2004, the Medical School works closely with government, industry and the NHS, in particular Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, over teaching, research and innovation. It also has two Institute of Life Science research centres, equipped with clinical trials, medical imaging, research and business development facilities and a Centre for NanoHealth.

In 2017, plans were announced to build a new Institute of Life Science Healthcare Technology Centre at the Singleton Campus, an Institute of Life Science 3 at Morriston Hospital and a Wellness & Life Science Village in Llanelli.[7]

At the BioWales 2017 conference, Swansea University Medical School unveiled a new partnership with Pfizer which would involve the pharmaceutical company locating itself at the Bay Campus.[8] This follows from the British Heart Foundation moving their Wales office from Cardiff to the Medical School's Institute of Life Science.[9]

Notable alumni and academics







Welsh Parliament (Senedd)
Houses of Parliament
Sylvia Heal, former MP

Science, engineering and technology


Alumni on Wikispooks

Lorely Burt10 September 1954UK
Nigel Evans10 November 1957UKPolitician
Anne Main17 May 1957